5:20 Newcastle – Sir Jack (11/2)
Sir Jack didn’t show a great deal in his first three races but showed a fair level of form at Leicester last time out. Sent off an 80/1 chance he got going late on and considering he was not well in at the weights it was a big run. Connections were lucky not to lose him in the claims afterwards and he’s into his first handicap on a lowly mark of 50. He could just fly in under the radar at double figure odds.
6:50 Newcastle – Rock Warbler (5/2)
Picked up by this team for £9,000 at the Doncaster sales, it took a while for the new trainer to get a handle on Rock Warbler. He’s now strung together three solid races and given a tiny slice of luck he should of won at least two of them. His hold up style is perfect for Newcastle and 62 is nowhere near his ceiling.
7:20 Newcastle – Manatee Bay (8/1)
Unlucky not to win two starts back and was turned out just four days later when running a little flat finishing back in third. He’s been given 17 days to get back bouncing this time and that should do the trick. Unlike his rivals he has only had two all-weather starts and therefore is the least exposed in the line-up. His hold up style is tailor made for this venue
6:35 Dundalk – Strategic Force (2/1)
Two wins from 34 races is not great reading for Strategic Force, but at least those two wins are on the all-weather. At one time he wasn’t a bad type for Clive Cox – winning off a handicap mark of 81. He’s now a long way down the weights and his last three tries are very solid here. Back to the minimum trip will help, as will a perfect draw in stall five. Let’s hope he can hold a position early as if he can he will take plenty of beating.
7:35 Dundalk – Windsorlot (6/1)
It has taken a while for him to find his stride and possibly a spin over hurdles at Roscommon was the turning point. He’s run well since in a variety of headgear and now the last piece of the jigsaw should fall into place – the multiple champ Pat Smullen who rode him the last two times has told them to add the tongue tie and that can squeeze the required improvement to gain that elusive first success.
8:05 Dundalk – Go Kart (7/1)
I have to admit she’s been a bit of a cliff horse for me and her record is a touch painful to look at with six second place finishes! She looks fairly treated on 85 though and the deciding factor is they take a valuable 5lbs off her back as well. Jockey Tom Madden has ridden her twice and got a nice tune out of her on both occasions. She was drawn in 11 behind Chiclet here and now gets stall 3 tonight.